Dr Gerard Lyons
Chief Economist, Standard Chartered plc
Thursday 6 November 2008 18.00-20.30
Dr Gerard Lyons is an expert on the world economy, international financial system, macroeconomic policy and global markets in his role as Chief Economist and Group Head of Global Research at Standard Chartered. Lyons is also an Economic Advisor to the Board and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Forum.
Lyons has twenty years experience in senior roles with some of the world's leading financial institutions and as a highly regarded City and international economist with an excellent forecasting record. Previous positions include Chief Economist at DKB International and consultant to the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Chief UK Economist at Swiss Bank Corporation, beginning his career with Chase Manhattan. His PhD from the University of London is on, "Testing the efficiency of financial futures markets".
Lyons is a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Association, a Council Member of the University of Warwick, on the International Council of the Bretton Woods Committee, a Council Member of the No Campaign, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, sits on the operating committee of the World Economic Forum's financial services group and is heavily involved with Asia House, the Japan Society and the UK Business Council for Britain.
In recent years he has also held other positions such as Chair of the Steering Committee of the Asia Study Group at the Royal Institute for International Affairs, was on the Committee at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and was a Council Member of the Society of Business Economists for twelve years. In 2006 he was the UK Co-Chair of the UK-Hong Kong Business Partnership.
Lyons enjoys excellent relations with the UK and international media and is a regular commentator on major economic events. He has published widely on economic and financial issues and is invited frequently to speak at conferences and address audiences around the world. Over the last year, for instance, he has testified to both the US Senate Banking Committee and US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee, addressed the Institute for International Bankers and the Brookings Institute in Washington and spoken on China at the Institute of International Finance’s Spring meeting, spoken about emerging markets to the annual International Monetary Conference in Cape Town, given a keynote address on Asia to the American Bankers’ Federation (BAFT), and has spoken at major conferences in Doha and Dubai and at numerous other international events. Over the years, Lyons has testified to UK Parliamentary Committees and spoken at the EU-China Summit in Beijing on financial issues and has presented a paper on financial inclusion and Microfinance to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers.
Originally from Kilburn, he now lives in Kent and is married with three children. He is based in London but spends a large part of the year travelling, meeting clients and visiting the Bank’s operations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.